LG V10 with “Second Screen” goes official, on Korean shelves this month
This fall’s flagship for Korean OEM LG has a lot of people scratching their heads at how the company will mix up the user experience with a screen ticker and two front-facing cameras. All the leaks told us about them. The hair’s been cut. Now, the wraps are off.
The 2.1-inch “Second Screen,” as LG’s marketing team is christening it, sits atop a 5.7-inch QHD IPS Quantum display. Both screens measure in at 513 ppi. Whether the main display is on or off, the independently-driven Second Screen can give you vital system info, news, weather, time, app shortcuts and other features. Notifications can now also take up the extra real estate.
The dual-camera selfie setup looks to be a solution to grabbing wide angle pics. A standard five-megapixel selfie comes out at 80 degrees, but using both sensors, the V10 can process a single 120-degree picture without the typical distortion that a fishbowl might bring.
Also being vaunted are manual A/V settings which include shutter speed, frame rate, ISO, white balance, focus and the three microphones’ sensitivity options. Those mics, by the way, are from amp-maker ESS Technology. The 16-megapixel f/1.8 rear camera can shoot up to 4K footage — optically and electronically stabilized — in standard 16:9 or cinematic 21:9 ratios. The V10 also has a robust video editing suite for the smartphone field with features such as clip stitching and automatic footage deletion based on blurry and/or static scenes.
We can confirm the shatter-proofing measures LG has made on the V10, dubbed “Dura Guard”: a surgical-grade stainless steel frame that rises slightly above the screen, going all the way to the corners. The grid-imprinted, soft-touch “Dura Skin,” not only supposedly enhances grip, but has been tested to MIL-STD-810G for drops at 48 inches.
Lining up the rest of the specs, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 on Android 5.1.1, 4GB of RAM paired with 64GB of flash storage, expandable by microSD up to 2TB. The 3,000mAh battery is removable. All together, the V10 sizes up at 159.6 x 79.3 x 8.6 mm and amasses to 192g.
Expect the LG V10 to come in black, white, beige, navy blue and baby blue to Korea this month. US consumers are set to see the phone on shelves in November.